Two mantels, two different looks

Mantels are one of the best places to decorate for the holidays and if you are like me, you love looking at different ones and different styles to get some ideas for your own.

I’m lucky enough to get to do two totally different ones every year, just for me.  Here’s my cottage mantel that I keep pretty minimal and rustic, totally appropriate for the country setting that it is in.

RUSTIC COUNTRY CHRISTMAS FIREPLACE

 

Photo credit: Justin Frost

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I used lots of fresh local greenery, some pinecones in a vintage apothecary jar, some antique encyclopedias (which I have sprinkled around the entire place), some sparkly grapevine balls, a birdcage and of course some candleholders. Honestly, this mantel took me all of half an hour to do. Quick, simple and rustic, just the way I like my country Christmas mantels.

Now for my city house, I went with a more sophisticated style.

CHIC AND CLASSIC, GREEN, BLACK AND WHITE CHRISTMAS MANTEL

CHIC AND CLASSIC, GREEN, BLACK AND WHITE CHRISTMAS MANTEL

CHIC AND CLASSIC, GREEN, BLACK AND WHITE CHRISTMAS MANTEL

Some similar elements here, fresh greenery and some dried magnolia leaves (they do last a few years, if you are careful when you store them), some fairy lights and of course candlesticks and candles. I may just tuck in some white and clear christmas balls amongst the leaves, at some point.  Pretty, simple and classic, perfect for my home in the city.

Merry Christmas!

Lisa

 

 

From my home to yours

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Lisa

Christmas Mantel Link Up Party

Happy Tuesday all!
I am linking up my Christmas mantel to the
‘Tis the Season 2012 Holiday Link Party!
Today’s host is Stacey of Embracing Change.
Since I love how my mantel looks in the evening, that is when I took these pictures.  So without further ado here’s my mantel.
Click here to check out all the other wonderful mantels.
 

A little teaser

Hope you all had a great Canadian Thanksgiving long weekend!  US visitors your time is coming…. 😉

I wanted to share some beautiful custom built in bookcases that were just completed by a most wonderful carpenter, for one of my clients.
Aren’t they just so beautiful!

This is how the room started…

Quite the improvement isn’t it?

Now we have to get on with the finishing touches!

Have you started following The TBBs yet?  If not, what are you waiting for?

 

 

Mantel magic

My mantel is finally done as is my tree! Yeah, I was so far behind this year.  I usually have my Christmas decorating all done by the end of November…so this year was a bit of a rush for me.

Anyways, enough whining…here’s the mantel.

This year I kept my icicle trees and my medallion is always there, cause I love it so much.  I added the faux mercury glass and silver obelisks and some chartreuse sheer ribbon this year.  Then I decided to dangle some clear glass icicles & mother of pearl balls.

And for a little more sparkle I added glitter pine cones to my birch branches in the basket.
I’ve linked this post up with Ten June and her Christmas Cheer link party for mantels.
Click on the link below to check out all the fabulous mantels.
Don’t forget to enter my Wayfair Giveaway. You have until this Thursday to enter.